Here is an event, held in late January, I’d love to experience for myself some day. I’m lucky to live along the Pacific flyway, a major migration route for all sorts of bird species, and although we do get our fair share of many types of waterfowl at Lake Natoma, it’s nothing compared to the birds to be seen in places like the San Francisco Bay, Suisun Marsh, and many others in the region.
This is the 19th year that Chico, in the north end of the Sacramento Valley, has hosted this amazing festival — and according to the Snow Goose Festival web site, many of their field trips are already sold out!
Huell travels to Chico to join the celebration of the arrival of thousands of waterfowl that come from the north to spend their winters in the temperate North Valley climate. Snow Geese, Tundra Swans, Sandhill Cranes, Pintail Ducks and many more, fill the rice fields and wildlife refuges throughout the area. The Snow Goose Festival has grown to be one of the major Birding and Wildlife events in the state of California and you’ll be amazed at the sheer beauty of this spectacle.